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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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2,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of Ezone024
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

pours dark brown, with a creamy head. aromas of roasted malts and robust hop essence. the taste is very full, notes of roasted barley gives off a subtle chocolate taste.
Feels nice on the tongue has a nice sugary coating yet the brew is very clear and crisp.

Perfect session for an autumn day.. this could hang out with long trails harvest all day !

Ezone024, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of HarleyRider
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Looks as it states on the bottle, like autumn. A nice looking autumn brown color with redish high lights. Nice thick 2 plus finger tan head. Lace looks good as I swirl the half filled pint glass. Very inviting looking beer if that's a description. Settling to a crisp clear brown. Looking at this pint I'm thinking it needs to be in a beer commercial. Exactly what an October/Harvest/Autumn beer should look like as I fill the glass and the head just pops over the top but not enough to spill over the sides.

Smell: I pick up the sweet malts with some chocolate and roasted nutty flavors. I had to swirl it around to get that smell back for the second sniff.

Taste: Smooth malty flavors with a nice nuttiness coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Light on the hop bitters. I think some of the smokiness is adding to the bitter. I like that. Nice body. Leaving a little sticky lace on the glass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average. Clean drinking beer. I have a feeling I will be tasting every bottle in this six pack right now.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Not a sipper buy any means. I polished off the first pint like I just ran home from the store. Literally. A winner in my book.

P.S. On a side note. I used this beer making a beer batter for my fluke fry this past Sunday. Yes I ran back and bought more. Everyone (50 people) loves my fresh beer batter fluke. I normally use a New Castle or another sweet brown ale and flour for my beer batter. That's it for ingredients. Very basic and very good. After the thanks from this party I am buying a case of Tumbler just to keep stashed for my beer batters. Several people told me I out did myself this time. Only thing different from the last 8 yrs and as recent as my drunken 4th of July bash was the beer in the batter.


HarleyRider, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of JToad
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a dark burnt brown, with copper highlights. Minimal off white head.

Smells of roasted barley, earthy tones with a nice hop profile, as most Sierra Nevada beers have.

Tastes of slight hop bitterness up front, with malty backbone. Relatively light body, which makes for it's great drinkability.

All in all, a solid fall brew from SN. Very well balanced between malts and hops, make this a great sixer to sit by a fall bonfire. After the first one I reviewed, I lit up a nice maduro and felt the beer complimented the cigar quite nicely.

JToad, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

24oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Bottled on July 8th. Pours a deep brown. Not opaque. Exhibits good carbonation. Two inches of lumpy head forms and quickly dissipates. Fair amount of lacing. Nutty, roasted malt on the nose with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to make the mouthfeel nice and easy. Definitely sessionable. Sweeter on the palate. The roasted, nutty flavors come across after those of semisweet chocolate. This is the best brown ale I have had in a long time.

hoppyhampy, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of dimitrius
3.15/5  rDev -18%

Appearance - Well, the name says it all really. It's a brown ale, and the name delivers - the beer really is a beautiful brown color. Enticing and exciting. There is a great little 1 and a half finger off-white head off of the pour.

Smell - Frankly smells kinda weak. Seems like a good balance of malts and hops, but honestly it's pretty underwhelming.

Taste - Unfortunately, as bland as the smell. Definitely drinkable, but it tastes like something BMC might have tried to pull out of its hat and market as a "craft" beer. Maybe I'm just not huge on this style, but I seem to remember having had a few better-tasting brown ales in the past. Just pretty good. Nothing exceptional, and in all honesty, because I was drinking it on a time crunch, it got a drain pour. It wasn't worth it to me to continue drinking, when I could leave to go take care of some things a few minutes sooner if I just got rid of it.

Mouthfeel - A good mouthfeel, really. Good levels of carbonation, not too thick.

Drinkability - If you're sitting around with your buds, drinking from sixes or twelves, it's definitely a good beer to consider. If you're looking to take your time to enjoy something after a long, hard day of work, pour something else into your glass.

dimitrius, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Pretty dark brown appearance. Some bubbles remain clung to the glass a 1/4 inch below surface of the ale. Smells malty and toasted with a pinch of hops. The taste is much less malty than the smell and slightly more hops. A good blend. Has a spicy feel to it that good be cleaned up a little. A good beer could drink a six pack. Cheers!

JordanEllwanger, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

A- A clear brown liquid with some orange highlights. The light brown head is creamy and has some pretty good retention.

S- Toasted malts, caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Smells very fall-like.

T- Caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Roasted up front then some sweetness comes in at the end.

M- Pretty carbonated with some lasting flavors.

D- A good fall beer. Not a stand out by any means, but a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup.

david131, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A- Dark brunt copper where the light finds its way through, some spiraling activity in the center of the glass, and a two-and-a-half finger sand and seafoam head in no hurry to dissolve.

S- Caramel, some roastiness, sticky sugars, earth, piny hops as a back stop and a yeast that is reminiscent of low-grav Belgian darks.

T- Smoke and tree bark with a surprisingly dry hop pellet backbone, dried leaves, kolsh-like subtleties, and some coffee grinds as it warms up

M- Very smooth and unoffensive

D- Perfectly appropriate for the slight chill of the autumn evening, I call this one a winner

rawthar, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 ounce stubby bottle. Say what you want about Sierra Nevada, but it's nice to see the company not rest on their laurels in terms of the seasonals and other offerings. This is the first time I can recall them taking a swing at a brown ale. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby undertones that comes out a little bit lighter than the color of Coca Cola. Large bubbly head that goes at least a half inch if not a little bit higher. Moderate lacing. Aroma is all roasted malt, almost bordering on smokey. There's some dark chocolate fudge notes as well. Smells like a smoked chocolate chip cookie. Light and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream stout. Beer is fairly assertive, bitterness levels are relatively high for the style. Taste is almost all roasted and toasted malt. Kind of has a sourdough toast or toasted English muffin type of taste to it. There's no real hop character, save maybe some light orange hops in the finish which play well off the chocolate flavors throughout the body of the beer. Solidly constructed, almost like drinking a porter. I like this one quite a bit, and it will be a great autumn drink if and when it finally cools down outside.

eclaycamp, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

A-Pours a clear deep ruby color with notes of brown. Has an off white creamy, medium sized head that has very good retention and lacing.

S-Has a light toasted biscuit maltiness with undertones of roasted and caramel malt.

T-The flavor is much of the same with strong notes of roasty, sweet caramel, sweet toasted biscuit malts. Along side of all that, there is some earthy hop flavor and earthy bitterness that lingers so well in the finish.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full with a bittersweet hop finish. Very clean so you know it's an american brown and not an english brown ale.

D-Very very drinkable. I'm so glad I bought a sixer of this.

hoplover82, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with an amber tint. Has a massive cream colored head that has wonderful retention and better than average lacing. The only thing that I can say that would improve this beers look is a few more carbonation bubbles.

S - Some nice roasted malts here. There are hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate.

T - Nice nutty malty taste upfront. Gives way to strong notes of caramel, toffee, a very slight chocolate. A slightly bitter after taste. Very good.

M - A little more thin than I would like with a little lack of carbonation. Really the only component of this beer that has something left to be desired.

D - A great session beer and great for just sitting out on the porch enjoying one. Take your pick. You can't go wrong here.

LairdChisholm, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of y2jrock60
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Light orangery brown with a light tan head that laces nicely till the last drop.

S- A very prominent nutty roasted aroma that reminds me of a light stout. The hop aroma is overpowered by the malt.

T- The sweetness of the malt hits up front followed by a nutty taste. The hop bitterness only becomes apparent after drinking a few. This is a little different than Brooklyn Brown Ale which is bitter from the first sip.

M- Light-medium bodied.

D- Drink-ability is average. I can drink 3-4 of these before becoming sick of the taste.

A decent brew for those who like brown ales. Personally, I don't care that much for brown ales so I probably didn't appreciate it as much as a brown ale connoisseur would.

y2jrock60, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Pours a cola brown in color, filtered. Has a HUGE frothy offwhite head that sticks around for a while.

A smokey, roasty malt smell comes wafting from the glass. Bits of molasses and chocolate are also present.

Not surprisingly, the taste mirrors the smell. You can taste the smokey, roasty flavors. The bittersweet chocolate makes a brief cameo.

It's got a strong, manly mouthfeel to it. Feels like a man's beer. There's moderate sweetness initially but it quickly gives way to a smokey feel before the bitter takes over in the swallow.

After several minutes, there is still a tiny head and great lacing. Like most selections from Sierra Nevada, this is easy to drink. It packs a lot of flavor, and while they're strong, they're not obnoxious or overbearing. Alcohol is moderate making this very drinkable.

RickS95, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear, dark maple-brown color with a medium amount of head. The smell on this beer is kinda nutty and malty. I'm picking up very faint hops, but nothing much. A little wood as well along with very little chocolate. There is nothing bland about the taste this beer has. I'm having a hard time pinpointing certain flavors I'm getting, but this just isn't watered down at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, some nuttiness, a little roastiness, and a bit of sweet malts. My palate is not very advanced on brown ales, so I'm not really sure what these flavors are that I'm picking up. All I know is that it tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and the drinkability is not bad.

DovaliHops, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Got this one on a whim for the fall season. 12oz bottle, 2010...

A: Super transparent brown with a thick off white head that fades slowly. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Good.

S: Some malty bitter brown sugar blended with some hints of spicy apples. Not much else going on. Decent.

T: You know, the weird thing about this brew is I kind of feel like this really fits the autumn season. It reminds me of colored leaves and being outdoors in the nice brisk breeze. Follows the nose. Bitter brown sugar with some caramel apple blended on the backend. Hints of earthiness in the middle. Good.

M: High carbonation with a nice medium body. Leaves a good autumn type flavor on your palate, if you can picture what that means, hehe. Good.

D: This goes down nice and easy. Very good.

All in all, this is one of those rare brews that definitely seems to be as it claims. This claims to be an autumn brew and when I take a sip, it reminds me so, so much of the taste of autumn, if that had a taste. Good to try at least once if you like the autumn brews.

steve8robin, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

This looks almost red when held up to the light but in the glass it appears a dark mahogany. Both aroma and taste are 100% roasty, but not in a coffee or smoky way, and there is a nice earthy sweetness. The hops have enough of a presence to distinguish this brown ale from the more malt-forward Octoberfests of the season. That added balance kicks up the drinkability for me. Sierra Nevada has nailed it again.

coachdonovan, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of mjrod2142
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

I've been a big Sierra Nevada fan for years, but I've never seen Tumbler until this season. It's labeled an "Autumn Brown Ale" and that's exactly what it is.

The beer produces a creamy head and has a beautiful deep brown, almost cloudy color. There's a very nice coffee/mocha/chocolate aroma. The taste reminds me of the old Pilgrim Nutbrown, which was on of my favorites many years ago. There's great nuttiness with just enough bite of hops on the finish. You can even have a few of these without feeling heavy or full. A great beer for the fall season.

mjrod2142, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +12%

First time seeing this brew. I thouroghly enjoy Sierra Nevada's brews. This one poured a cloudy iced tea color. The nose was dominated buy fresh brewed coffee and a little cocoa power. The taste was refreshing of roasted malts and mocha coffee like highlights with a fine balance of hops and some walnut. A perfect autumn brew to enjoy with a nice turkey dinner and a roaring fire (except not in Florida where we probably won't need a fire!)

Portertime, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +4.2%

pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a 1 finger beige head..smell is roasted malts and toffee with hops in the background..taste is roasted toffee/malts some spice hops are present.mouth feel is medium + this is a autumn brown ale with earth notes SN makes great brews this is no exception is the best brown? no it is not.but its drinkable.affordable and just plain good

gatornation, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 Tumbler poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

A very clear dusky, orange, amber color. Pretty.

Sweet and malty with some earth/soil.

Malty with the right amount of sweetness that isn't over the top. Very clean tasting.

Very smooth, slight carbonation with a creamy finish.

Very drinkable and not filling.
This a a great beer for the fall season. SN has the best labels too. It would be great to be in a nice stone cabin on a stream in autumn drinking this beer.

MirkoCroCough, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

24 oz. 2010 vintage bottle.

Poured into my stemmed Ayinger tulip style glass with a brilliantly clear handsome dark copper/chestnut color and a loose & fluffy 1/2" light beige settled head. Moderate amount of fine visible uprising carbonation. Nice broken rings of lace sporadically down the glass.

The scent is utterly CLEAN, bright yet rounded with anticipation of a malty good forthcoming flavor. For now I'm delighting my nostrils in walnutty goodness. A little vanilla nougat and and (again) clean mineralness.

Leather right out of the gate. Leather again with a welcomed dry/bitter/slightly acrid woody element with is definitely the outcome of beautifully balanced hops and roasted malts. THe walnut come through in the flavor as well. Bitter walnuts so vivid I can almost feel the walnut skins between my teeth. The hop component of this ale is long lingering in the feel and texture, but very quick and transient in flavor. They give a fast blast of 'treble' to the otherwise 'bass' that is the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a perfect amount of finely building carbonation. The very chalky and somewhat bitter finish is graceful and a little punchy.

Drinkability is great. I'm going to let the remaining half of this bottle warm a bit just to see what other flavors emerge.

Overall a splendid West Coast rendition of a deeply traditional English Brown Ale. The hops give this an added dimension of brilliance without corrupting the tradition of the style. I adore the leather flavor. A bit of tabacco flavor creeps out as this ale is starting to warm towards room temp. I'm very pleased with the complexity of this ale. Great job Sierra Nevada ad thank you.

malty, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my new Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium to dark brown color with amber highlights. Slightly tan, creamy looking head is about a 2/3 inch thick when poured and eventually settles to solid 1/4 inch thick head. Very good retention. I let this one sit for awhile after pouring before sipping it. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malt is really it for the smell, couldn't detect anything else here. Nice roasted malt flavor with some caramel and hints of maple. Not very complex, but pretty tasty. The taste does remind me of fall. Has a crisp, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouth feel, and moderate carbonation. Has a dry after taste that coats the palate, like and Irish Dry Stout. Unexpected for this style of beer. Easy to drink. A good beer all around, but nothing spectacular.


neenerzig, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of sk8man121
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz bottle poured into Allagash fluted chalice.

A: Pours like any other brown ale; deep, rich brown with copper highlights. Two finger head, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. It looks nice.

S: I smell autumn leaves, roasted barley, caramel and a slight hoppy presence. Smells like a cross between a brown ale and a marzen lager.

T: Quite rich and malty, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. There's really not a lot going on here, and the taste is rather thin with a lack of complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice; carbonation is quick upfront and transitions into a creamy finish. This goes down quite nicely.

D: Although I've had far better brown ales, I can't help but admit that the drinkabiity of this through the roof. What this means, however, is that it goes down easy, mainly as a result of its nice mouthfeel and lack of complexity. There are better browns out there and this is far from being my favorite Sierra Nevada offering, but it's by no means bad.

A decent session beer, but nothing to write home about.

sk8man121, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to find a single bottle of this guy (call me a commit-a-phobe, but I don't wanna commit to a sixer (or more) if I'm undecided on the brew itself, as in this situation). Luckily, the fine folks at the CK had my back on this one. It pours a clear russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, nutmeg, light maple syrup, and a slight tinge of flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, walnuts, flowers, and some light maple syrup. Simple, but effective. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a tasty, straightforward brown, a nice bit o' autumnal goodness.

TMoney2591, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Has a nice dark brown look. Medium head with a nice lace.

S- Smell of caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Very mild malty taste.Little hop trace in the sip. hints of caramel and chocolate are present.

M- Very smooth and creamy.

D- Well this is not my favorite SN beer. Kind of hurt.Not worth another taste.

SamuelJackson45, Sep 05, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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